Episode 25: DJ Eddy Mac on why he stopped working for entertainment agencies
In Episode 25, we try out a different format, where Aleks interviews Eddy about his experience before starting our business One More Song!
This episode is for DJs who are thinking about going solo.
We talk (with great passion!) about why we think if you want to nail it as a wedding DJ, working for an agency may not be right for you.
Eddy has been there and done that. He worked for two large entertainment agencies for a number of years, both in the office and as a contractor DJ.
In this episode we delve into what that was like and why he decided to branch out on his own (with Aleks joining shortly after!).
Listen to Episode 25
Working as a DJ for an agency means less client interaction.
It's hard to negotiate a higher pay rate with an agency (whereas you can easily give yourself a pay rise when you work for yourself!).
As a contractor DJ, if things go wrong on a wedding, you may be expected to take the blame.
If you want to make it as a volume-heavy multi-op business, you need to have robust systems in place to deal with busy periods. You also need to have a clear point of difference to market yourself effectively and avoid being involved in a price war with other agencies who are using the same entertainers.
If you're craving more client connection and interaction and want to get paid better and choose the work you take on, venturing out on your own may be right for you!